oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Stygeromyia zumpti, a new bloodsucking fly from the Transvaal (Diptera Muscidae)

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Stygeromyia zumpti n.sp. has only been found on the upper northern and southern slopes of the Magaliesberg range near Hartebeestpoort Dam, and may be confined to these mountains. All the specimens mentioned were caught as they circled the catcher. In flight they emit a soft, very characteristic buzz which at once identifies the species. None of the specimens was caught biting although they were given the opportunity to do so. One female was induced to bite by applying the open end of the vial in which she was confined over my forearm. The bite was not painful, did not bleed and no reaction occurred. The feed lasted fifteen minutes.

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